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Downtown Markets kicks off Saturday

Celebration Plaza in downtown Sulphur Springs, busy last weekend with a Cinco de Mayo celebration followed by Reds, Whites and Brews, will be the center of more activity this coming Saturday.

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Sulphur Springs High salutes valedictorian, salutatorian

This year’s top two honor graduates, Lydia Burleson and Tori Mattison, were recognized Monday by Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees for their achievements.

School board President Leesa Toliver presented Burleson with a plaque honoring her accomplishment in being the Sulphur Springs High School Class of 2017 valedictorian and Mattison a plaque for being salutatorian in a class of more than 250 students.

Mattison was accompanied by her parents and Burleson by her guardian. Each award was presented on behalf of the school board, and was accompanied with congratulations and applause from trustees and others in attendance at Monday night’s regular school board meeting. 

The pair is scheduled to be interviewed by local media on Thursday at the school, so watch for a story Burleson and Mattison’s accomplishments and plans for the future later this week in the News-Telegram.

Multiple people say contractor never performed work

Testimony began Monday morning in Hopkins County's Eighth Judicial District Court in the case against 46-year-old Chad Alan Cappiello of The Colony in connection with a scheme to remodel the kitchen of a home in Como two years ago.

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Sellers re-elected to Place 7 city council; Place 7 in runoff

Charles Oxford was apparently not running for a seat on the Sulphur Springs City Council, but he influenced Saturday’s results, nonetheless.

In the race for Place 6 on the council, there were three names on the ballot: Charles Oxford, Dan Froneberger and Brad Burgin.

City Secretary Gale Roberts said that Froneberger received 155 votes, Burgin received 153 votes and Charles Oxford garnered nine votes.

A runoff election will have to be held to settle the race since none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the votes. The date for the runoff had not been determined.

Oxford, a former city councilman who has also ran unsuccessfully for a council seat for a number of years, decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Place 6 seat, but his decision came after the filing deadline so his name appeared on the ballot.

Because of the nine votes that Oxford received in the election, city taxpayers will be forced to pay for the runoff election, which the city secretary said, will be rather expensive.

The date for the runoff election is expected to be released Tuesday by the city secretary's office.

In the other race on the ballot, incumbent Place 7 City Councilmember John Sellers defeated challenger Andy Lowen. Sellers received 267 votes to Lowen's 53 votes.

Yantis ISD gets 3 new board members; 2 incumbents back at CPISD

Two incumbents and one challenger were selected to serve on Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, while three new members were elected to Yantis ISD Board of Trustees, according to the unofficial tallies from Saturday’s elections.

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